With just over a month to go before the inaugural Tees Tech Awards, plans are being finalised for what promises to be a ground-breaking event.
The decision by organisers Resolution Media and Publishing, in association with Middlesbrough Digital and Digital City, to stream the event live via social media – with a small core audience at Teesside International Airport – has been supported by sponsors and entrants alike.
For guest speaker Tom Howsam, founder of financial technology start up Paid and a leading light on the Tees tech scene, facing a much smaller live audience than initially planned hasn’t dulled the excitement of being a key part of the proceedings.
“The awards offer a chance to connect with people who are on similar journeys to share experiences and inspire each other,” says Tom.
“I’m certainly looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new connections.”
Tom, who graduated from Teesside University in 2004 with a degree in IT, is a great example of a local digital success, having grown his first company, Thap – a software agency based in Middlesbrough.
Thap was acquired by Clicksco in 2013, when Tom became group CTO, running a team of 70 developers across the world in the online marketing technology sector.
Tom left Clicksco in 2018 and then went on to set up Paid, which concentrates on supercharging the way businesses work together by smoothing payments and contracting.
Given his pedigree, it’s no surprise that in addition to being guest speaker, Tom has also made the shortlist in the Tees Tech Business Leader category sponsored by Punch Robson Solicitors and judged by a panel of local business luminaries.
The other two shortlisted are Chloe Clover, creative director at Wander Films and Lee Hutchinson, CEO of Double Eleven.
“The shortlists contain some truly great companies that will have great future success and inspire the next generation of tech entrepreneurs,” says Tom.
“I’m honoured to be a shortlisted alongside them.”